ClearCase Commands Cheatsheet
Review a list of frequently used ClearCase commands.
ClearCase Commands Cheat Sheet
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ClearCase Commands vs. Perforce Commands
|Task in ClearCase||ClearCase Commands||Helix Core P4 Commands||Notes|
|Displays the config spec of a view.||ct catcs|
|Creates a permanent new version of an element.||ct checkin||p4 submit||Helix Core submits a set of files as a changelist, not individual files like ClearCase. A changelist can contain a single file.|
|Creates a modifiable copy of a version.||ct checkout||p4 edit||Helix Core does the ClearCase equivalent of an unreserved checkout by default.|
|Delivers changes in a source stream to the target stream within or across projects.||ct deliver||p4 integrate||In Helix Core, p4 integrate is the equivalent for ct merge, ct deliver, and ct rebase.|
|Compares versions of a text-file element or a directory.||ct diff||p4 diff|
|p4 diff compares a workspace file to a revision in the depot. p4 diff2 compares two depot revisions.|
|Edits the config spec of a view.||ct edcs||p4 client or p4 stream|
|Searches for versions that require a merge.||ct findmerge||p4 integrate -n|
|Displays help on command usage.||ct help||p4 help|
|Lists VOB-resident objects, elements loaded into a snapshot view, and view-private objects in a directory.||ct ls||p4 files|
|p4 files displays information about files in the depot without accessing their contents. Use p4 have to list files/revisions that have been synced to the client workspace.|
|Lists information about UCM activities.||ct lsactivity||p4 jobs||p4 jobs displays a list of jobs, which can also be in a defect tracking system. This command can be used to generate release notes.|
|Lists event records for VOB database objects.||ct lshistory||p4 filelog||p4 filelog shows an individual file’s history.|
|Lists version tree of an element.||ct lsvtree||Available in P4V||To see the history of a file in Helix Visual Client (P4V), right-click on the file and select Revision Graph (ctrl+shift+R). This is similar to a version tree in ClearCase.|
|Displays an online reference page.||ct man||p4 help|
|Merges versions of a text-file element or a directory.||ct merge||p4 integrate||In Helix Core, p4 integrate is the equivalent for ct merge, as well as ct deliver, and ct rebase.|
|Creates an activity.||ct mkactivity||p4 job|
|Creates a directory element.||ct mkdir||mkdir||Perforce does not version directories. But you can just create one locally on your filesystem.|
|Creates a file or directory element.||ct mkelem||p4 add|
|Creates and registers a view.||ct mkview||p4 client|
|Moves or renames an element or VOB link.||ct move||p4 integrate clones a file to a new name/location. Then use p4 delete to remove the source file.|
|Changes the configuration of a stream.||ct rebase||p4 integrate||p4 integrate is the equivalent for ct merge, ct deliver, and ct rebase.|
|Deletes an activity.||ct rmactivity||p4 change -d|
|Removes the name of an element or VOB symbolic link from a directory version.||ct rmname||p4 delete|
|Removes an element or symbolic link from a VOB.||ct rmelem||p4 obliterate|
|Removes a view or removes view-related records from a VOB.||ct rmview||p4 client -d|
|Cancels a checkout of an element.||ct uncheckout||p4 revert|
|Updates elements in a snapshot view, web view or automatic view.||ct update||p4 sync|
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